The NBA Finals begin on June 5 in San Antonio between the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat and the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs.
The two teams battled last season for the NBA Title with Miami winning their second straight title. This year odds makers at Bovada and betonline have opened the line as a pick ‘em at -110, for both teams.
The Spurs hold home court advantage thanks the best regular season record in the league, but Miami did not have home court advantage in the Eastern Conference finals against Indiana and won in six games.
On topbet, the Spurs have opened as a favorite of 3 points in Game 1, while other sites have had the spread as high as -4 with many on -3.5.
The spread is similar to those for the two games the teams played head to head this season. Both teams covered their home game favored by 3.5 points. The Spurs routed Miami 111-86 in San Antonio and Miami defeated the Spurs in Miami 113-101.
The point total on sportsbook.com for Game 1 opened on 198.5, which is much lower than for the two meetings the teams had during the regular season, which were 205 when they played in Miami and 206 in the game in San Antonio. Last season the finals totals ranged from 187.5 to as high as 192.
With four days rest before the start of the Finals, Tony Parker will have time to recover from an ankle injury, which he suffered in Game 4 of the conference finals.
Parker did not play in the second half of the Spurs’ win to clinch the West at Oklahoma City.
Last season in the Finals, San Antonio had Miami on the brink of elimination 3-2. In Game 6, the Spurs were up by 13 points during the third quarter, but Miami rallied behind Ray Allen and LeBron James and forced overtime. The Heat won in overtime and then defeated San Antonio in Game 7 to take the title.
A revenge factor exists, as Tim Duncan said they were hoping to face Miami in the finals. He said the Spurs, as a team, still has the bad taste of losing Games 6 and 7 in their mouths and is looking forward to the rematch.
Duncan has played very well during the postseason as has teammates Parker, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard, who will be tasked with shutting down James.
Both teams have had relatively easy roads to the Finals, but all that can be tossed aside as all that matters now are the key matchups head to head and the final score at the end of each game.
Prediction: Spurs win NBA Finals 4-3